David is a founding member and partner of the Dadds LLP practice and has many years of experience as a Licensing Lawyer.
He is qualified as both a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts, all Proceedings), having attained his Higher Rights from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, allowing David to act as advocate and represent clients in all Civil and Criminal Courts in the UK.
He acts on matters from hearings before Licensing Sub-Committees, licensing appeals to the Magistrates’ Court and applications for Case Stated and Judicial Review at the High Court.
With an enviable reputation as a tenacious and effective advocate, David continues to successfully represent a number of high profile clients including Amika Mayfair, Inventive Leisure Services (operators of Revolution vodka bars) and the Sugar Hut Group, garnering praise for his passionate and robust approach. He also represents a varied and ever-growing range of operators across the breadth of the country, ranging from small businesses to national chains as well as offering advice on licensing matters to numerous local authorities.
David’s expertise in licensing matters is recognised by his contributions to Paterson’s Licensing Acts, the foremost publication on UK licensing law. He has also contributed material to Lexis Nexis Butterworths.
David advised MPs, to the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group in its Beer Tax Fraud Inquiry on the licensing of wholesalers, duty-evaded alcohol and powers of seizure available to Trading Standards Officers.
Dadds LLP Licensing Solicitors is a recognised partner of and provider of legal advice to the National Pubwatch organisation.
David also serves a Councillor for Billericay East Ward on Basildon Borough Council. David served as Mayor of Basildon Borough from 2018 to 2019 and was responsible for raising record sums for local causes, including St. Luke’s Hospice.